Government received over 20,000 queries from Irish citizens abroad during Covid-19 pandemic

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The Irish Government received over 20,000 queries from Irish citizens abroad, and spent almost €900,000 on repatriation flights from Peru, India and Nigeria at the height of the Covid-19 crisis.

In total, 93 people were returned from Lima, 68 from Goa/New Dehli, and 95 from Lagos at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic when many flights were suddenly cancelled, leaving some citizens stranded.

The countries from which the top 10 highest volume of queries came were the UK (1,619), the US (878), Australia (859), Spain (741), France (282), Germany (241), New Zealand (215), Italy (185), Poland (173) and the Netherlands (164).